Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart?

Kwik-E-MartIf this story had appeared on Sunday, I might have suspected an April Fool’s joke, although there is a fair amount of marketing savvy behind this idea, in my opinion. What idea is that, you ask? News reports this week have 20th Century Fox negotiating with 7-Eleven to re-brand 11 of their stores as the fictional Kiwk-E-Mart from the TV show the Simpson’s, as a cross promotion for the upcoming Simpson’s movie opening July 27th.

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Global Paradigm Online Magazine

There’s been a few inquiries lately into what happened with the magazine I used to run on the http://www.globalparadigm.info domain, and while I sort of explained it when I brought my server back up, I thought I’d post a more explicit explanation here. Global Paradigm is currently on hiatus pending a re-design of both layout and concept. For now, I want to thank all the contributors to Global Paradigm, and I hope that all will remain interested in the idea as I move forward. I don’t know yet exactly what the new magazine will look like, but I do know that the main focus of ideas that are global in scope and import will always remain … I am simply trying to find the best way to express that general notion through specific online content.

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Misinformation for fun …

I’ve recently stumbled across a fun little site that I wanted to share with everyone. In some ways, this is a follow-up article to the piece I did a few weeks ago called “Wiki here, Wiki there, Wiki Wiki everywhere” on the growth of information “wikis” on the net in recent months, but a follow-up with a twist. Uncyclopedia is a wiki with a difference … its point in life is not to give accurate, up-to-date information on a particular topic, as is typical for a wiki, but instead to present a parody of just such a site.

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Quality time with my Nikon

I’ve been spending a lot of time wandering around Medicine Hat (and the prairie around Suffield, Alberta) over the past few days with my camera. On Saturday, a good friend of mine took me to the Aberdeen area to show me around, and while I am sure I would have found a lot of that stuff myself, there were a few vantage points and sections that I did require a guide for, so I am very happy she was with me. We’ll probably go out and do some more similar days .. she says there are a couple of other places in town she’d like to take me. The picture that leads this article off is actually a portrait she did of me from Saturday, and along with the one taken by the_meoldy_censor at the last flickr meet, it is one of the best portraits of me in a long time … click the picture and you’ll get to Lacy’s flickr page.

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An Historic Image

Gerry Adams and Iam Paisley at the same tableFor someone who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, a mention of the city of Belfast conjures up memories of bombings and sectarian violence. As a Canadian teenager, my only real involvement with the “Troubles” was through the media reports we saw on TV. What we saw from our TV screens were two sides in an intractable battle where it seemed neither side was able to even approach the position of the other. In that time of open UDF and IRA hostilities, the idea that Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein (the political arm of the IRA) might sit down at the same table as Ian Paisley of the Ulster Resistance (the political arm of the UDF) was unthinkable, at least not without the two of them engaging in open warfare.

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One more step away from reality …

A good friend of mine, Doug from Darkworld, pointed me towards a new product that looks to be a fascinating next step towards virtual reality. In some ways, I’m a little surprised this hasn’t been created before … looking at the design it seems to be essentially a cross between a computer mouse and hamster ball, albeit big ones. Coupled with the right display and input technology, this looks to be a major step towards the elusive 3-D computer environment where users are fully immersed in the computer generated world.

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I was hungry, did you feed me?

I haven’t raved much about The Hour this year … I like their new format, and I continue to enjoy George’s direct style (I do wish he’d get a bit more in-depth in some cases, but in others, he does fine), but he’s fallen into the curse of excellence … the expectations are so high, it takes something even more spectacular to provoke comment. This past week, he had an especially wonderful interview with Tony Campolo, Bill Clinton’s spiritual adviser. He said something so profound, I’ve rarely heard it from another “Christian” since the main Man himself …

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